58 days in The Netherlands, Belgium & Switzerland Itinerary

58 days in The Netherlands, Belgium & Switzerland Itinerary

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Drive to Paris-Orly Airport, Fly to Amsterdam
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 16 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 7 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 10 nights
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Lausanne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Bern, Switzerland
— 6 nights
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Appenzell, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 6 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 16 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House. Let the collections at Rijksmuseum and NEMO Science Museum capture your imagination. Explore Amsterdam's surroundings by going to museum Beelden aan Zee (in Scheveningen), Haarlem (Frans Hals Museum, Teylers Museum, &more) and The Hague (Madurodam, The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, &more). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), get engrossed in the history at Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam, get to know the resident critters at ARTIS, and walk around Vondelpark.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Amsterdam trip planner.

Montlhery, France to Amsterdam is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. September in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bruges, Belgium

— 7 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Gravensteen and Friet Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Historic Centre of Brugge and Groeningemuseum. Explore Bruges' surroundings by going to Ghent (Saint Bavo's Cathedral, Huis Arnold Vander Haeghen, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Basilica of the Holy Blood, pause for some serene contemplation at Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ter Potterie, make a trip to The Markt, and identify plant and animal life at Provincial Domain Bulskampveld.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Bruges journey maker tool.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Bruges takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Brussels, Belgium

— 10 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Let the collections at Atomium and Horta Museum (Musee Horta) capture your imagination. Grand Place and Royal Palace of Brussels are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Brussels' surroundings by going to La Roche-aux-Faucons (in Esneux), Antwerp (Rockoxhuis, Grote Markt, &more) and Parc de Furfooz (in Dinant). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), admire the masterpieces at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, steep yourself in history at Parc du Cinquantenaire, and find something for the whole family at Mini-Europe.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, read our Brussels trip maker.

Drive from Bruges to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Lausanne.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Lausanne, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Swiss San Francisco

Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Popular historic sites such as Chateau de Chillon and Corniche Lavaux Vineyards are in your itinerary. Patek Philippe Museum and Musee Baud will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lausanne: Pisciculture de la Gruyere (in Neirivue), Riserva naturale Les Grangettes (in Villeneuve) and Geneva (International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum & Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre). There's lots more to do: take a peaceful walk through Creux du Van, explore the world behind art at Collection de l'Art Brut, go for a walk through Montreux Lakeside, and explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Coppet.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Lausanne trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Brussels to Lausanne takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bern.

Things to do in Lausanne

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Bern, Switzerland

— 6 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Get a sense of the local culture at Magdalena Hermitage and Kindermuseum Creaviva. Visit Church of the Holy Ghost and Mosesbrunnen for their historical value. Explore Bern's surroundings by going to Freiluft- und Hallenbad Boedeli (in Unterseen), Galerie Wydi (in Wilderswil) and Interlaken (Alpenwildpark, Parasailing & Paragliding, &more). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Rochers des Sommetres, visit UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, explore the activities along Aare River, and take an in-depth tour of Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum.

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Traveling by car from Lausanne to Bern takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Bern can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Bern

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Grindelwald, Switzerland

— 4 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Kleine Scheidegg and Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at Grindelwald Museum and Talmuseum Lauterbrunnen. Venture out of the city with trips to Wengen (Molitor, Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway, &more), Zermatt (Gorner Gorge, Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie", &more) and Axalp (in Brienz). There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Jungfraujoch, fly down the slopes at Grindelwald-First, hike along The Eiger, and get outside with Air-Glaciers, S.A..

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Grindelwald itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Bern to Grindelwald takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Appenzell.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Appenzell, Switzerland

— 4 nights
Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Museum-lovers will get to explore Appenzeller Brachtummuseum Urnaesch and Kunstmuseum Appenzell. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Landsgemeindeplatz and Museum POST AB!. Get out of town with these interesting Appenzell side-trips: Ruinaulta Rheinschlucht (in Versam), Heiden (Kirchturm Heiden & Henry Dunant Museum) and Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona (in Glarus). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Appenzeller Brauchtumsmuseum Urnäsch, take in the awesome beauty at Santis der Berg, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Mauritius Church, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Appenzeller Bier, Brauerei Locher AG.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Appenzell trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Appenzell takes 3.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Appenzell can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Appenzell

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Zurich, Switzerland

— 6 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Zurcher Spielzeugmuseum. Old Town and Festung Vitznau will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Naturschutzzentrum Neeracherried (in Neerach), Lucerne (Biosphaere Entlebuch, The Rosengart Collection, &more) and Kriens (St Gallus Catholic Church & Mt Pilatus). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Museum Rietberg, examine the collection at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich, cruise along hike.ch, and cool off at Swimming Pools Unter Letten.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip builder app.

Drive from Appenzell to Zurich in 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Zurich are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Monuments
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.